Three quarters of public and charter schools in the District now require uniforms, and according to a Street Sense analysis, some uniforms cost as much as $60 dollars each. The average D.C. public school uniform costs $28 for boys and $32 for girls.
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Black Lives Matter protestors took to the streets to draw attention to the recent shooting of Terrence Sterling by Metro police.
People shared their experiences with mental illness through monologues, poetry, music and dance at the Keegan Theatre on Oct. 10 and 11.
Members of a long-standing “hidden” tent city faced eviction and a clean up as part of an ongoing effort overseen by the Office of the Deputy Mayor.
Washingtonians rallied outside D.C. General Family Shelter to demand that Mayor Muriel Bowser prioritize spending for affordable housing over policing and jails in next year’s budget.
A memorial honoring Larry Avents, a D.C. man who had been experiencing homeless for 20 years. He passed away in August of 2016, and is remembered fondly by those who knew him.
The appeals court listened to concerns of displacement and disadvantage for the impoverished as a result of the rezoning of Barry Farm.
Melissa Sullivan celebrated her 30th birthday with 30 days of service. She shares the story of the healing role of volunteering in her life.
Services like Northern Virgina Family Services provide opportunities and tools for success to those who are able to adhere to their high standards. Those who have experienced homeless and hardship, such as Carla, these strict rules might be tough, but promote a sense of self-determination.
The D.C. City Council discusses what parts of the District are considered “food deserts” and how to bring grocery store access to these areas.
A new poetry workshop series called “I want a president…” is challenging Washingtonians to rethink political representation. In October, participants will read their final poem as a ‘creative protest’ in front of the White House.
The D.C. City Council passed a bill in July creating a program that would teach citizens returning from incarceration entrepreneurship skills. The legislation has not received funding yet, although advocates are pushing for its inclusion in the FY 2018 budget. The Department of Small and Local Business is running a similar pilot program called Aspire to Entrepreneurship for returning citizens.
The United Way of the National Capitol Area is preparing for its second annual Project Homeless Connect on October 19. The resource fair will connect homeless Washingtonian with free on-site access to medical care, employment services, housing information and more.
The D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue heard testimony on Sept. 28 regarding an amendent that would exempt feminine hygiene products and diapers from D.C. sales tax. Witnesses explained how this tax is an unfair burden on low-income and homeless women and families, and that feminine hygiene products should be considered a medical necessity.
Empower D.C. hosted an environmental brunch on Sept. 17 where activists and Southwest D.C. residents met to discuss the challenges facing Buzzard Point. Among these issues were fears about the environmental impact of redevelopment in the area and displacement. A new D.C. United Stadium is to be built in the Buzzard Point neighborhood.
Weldon Moore, a man who lived on the streets for 15 years and could quote the Bible from memory passed away three weeks ago after losing a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer at age 55. Friends recounted Moore’s struggle and his dedication to Christianity at a memorial at Franklin Square park last Sunday.
The only two constants in Don Gardner’s life have been faith and. By the time he started founding nonprofits and hosting community events, Gardner, 59,… Read more »
Don Gardner, a nonprofit founder and former Street Sense vendor, organized a six-hour gathering in Franklin Square Park that included music, prayer, children’s entertainment and food and clothing donations.
An analysis of the consequences of voter ID laws for unhoused voters and people of color, focusing primarily on seven states.
Virginia election officials with New Virginia Majority describe the difficulties of registering to vote. They explain why voter fraud is rare and how voter ID laws disproportionately affect the economically disadvantaged.